2012 is finally coming to an end, and you’re probably thinking, “Between the Presidential election, the fiscal cliff, mass shootings, extreme weather wars getting ready to break out in half a dozen countries, who had time for movies or TV?”
Well, in case you missed all of it, here’s the highs and the lows of the year that’s about to be what was.
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Things We’ll Miss the Most Now That They’re Gone: Rory & Amy on Doctor Who
It’s not just that Karen Gillan was one of the most popular companions EVER in the Doctor Who franchise, it’s that Rory and Amy’s story from the beginning is one of the sweetest and most romantic the legendary sci fi show has ever told. From unrequited love, to a love that withstood 2000 years of waiting, to the final bittersweet moment when Amy chose Rory over her own future, this pair were completely unforgettable and will have a place in the Doctor’s (and our) hearts forever.
Coolest Thing That Hasn’t Happened Yet: The Next Star Wars Movie!
Hey guys, this one is coming. They’ve already nabbed Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3) to write the screen play and fans have already begun speculating about who will star in Episode VII.
Weird Cool Trend: Is it just me, or was 2012 the year of the tough bald guy? Breaking Bad had Walter White (Bryan Cranston), Hank Schrader (Dean Norris) and Hit Man Mike Ermentraut (Jonathan Banks) all sporting chrome domes. Banks also showed up on Vegas as fellow bald guy Vinny Savino’s (Michael Chiklis) boss. On The Walking Dead, Shane (Jon Bernthal) shaved his head just as he turned into a walking psycho time-bomb, and Game Of Thrones’ creepiest character was weirdo magician Pyat Pree (Ian Hanmore). I gotta say, that’s a lot of bald guys.
Commercial You Can’t Get Out of Your Head: Volkswagen Air Drummer. Who hasn’t done this? Alone in your car, and a cool tune like Rush’s Fly By Night comes on and you just go crazy on the steering wheel. What really makes this commercial work is the actor playing the driver, who really commits, right down to tossing his imaginary drum stick in the air and catching it just in time to do a drum fill.
Commercial You Can’t Get Out Of Your Head When It’s 2:00 a.m., you can’t sleep, and you think you just heard a noise downstairs.
Things You Just HAD To See This Year.
Key & Peele’s East/West Shrine Game Sketch: No set up necessary, just get ready to laugh your ass off.
Jennifer Lawrence: She was everywhere in 2012, appearing in the iconic Hunger Games and wowing critics in Silver Linings Playobook, among other things. Don’t expect her to go anywhere next year, either, as the next Hunger Games and X-Men installments are sure to be big.
Best Overplayed Song: Somebody That I Used to Know by Gotye (featuring Kimbra)
The best hit songs are the ones that definitely DON’T sound like every other song, and this one doesn’t sound like ANY other song I’ve ever heard.
Worst Overplayed Song: What Makes You Beautiful by One Direction
100% formula. The pretty-boy Brits can certainly sing well, but that doesn’t make this cookie-cutter boy band pop throwaway a good song.
Best Award Show Moment: Morgan Freeman wins the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award at the Golden Globes. The reverence for Freeman was obvious in the room, both during the clips of his amazing career and listening to his acceptance speech. It felt like the movies themselves were talking to you.
Worst Award Show Moment: Julie Bowen’s “nipple covers” speech at the Emmys. I did not need to know this much about Julie Bowen’s nipples. I also didn’t need to see yet another award robotically go to Modern Family. And if someone gives a speech this inane, it’s obviously time to start giving the award in that category to someone who will appreciate it.
Best Box Office Trend: Big ticket fantasy and sci-fi productions: The Avengers, The Hunger Games, The Amazing Spider-Man and the like ruled at the box office in 2012.
Worst Box Office Trend: Big ticket fantasy and sci-fi productions: Look at this year’s top 10. Three super-hero films (four if you count James Bond), three animated films (four if you count Ted) and two teen-fantasy franchises. You have to go all the way down to the 20s before you find any serious films (Argo, Lincoln). I love fantasy, but too much even of a good thing is still too much.
MORE THINGS YOU JUST HAD TO SEE THIS YEAR
JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT: Think of him as the male Jennifer Lawrence. Fresh off a great performance in 50/50, Levitt was in The Dark Knight Rises, Looper, Premium Rush & Lincoln in 2012 and figures to continue showing up at a theater near you.
NASHVILLE: A cross between how good Revenge was last season and how good Smash should have been last season. The music rocks, and the performances, especially by Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere are compelling.
There were so many more great moments in 2012, but if I wrote about them all, I’d miss 2013! Happy New Year!
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